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How can I move thee

As Victor is self-conscious about the shape and impact of his narrative (see 1.7.5 and note, 2.1.1 and note), so is his Creature. His question also curiously echoes Justine Moritz's recognition that facts alone are not sufficient to exonerate her (1.7.2 and note); if she is to establish her claim to innocence she must move her auditors. Aside from such thematic continuities within the novel, this issue is likewise very much alive in the poetry that Percy Shelley was writing contemporaneously, particularly in The Revolt of Islam, where Cythna's eloquence is an important element in spreading political and cultural enlightenment: see particularly Canto 8